Let me start by saying serving a mission is the most ridiculous, wonderful, nutty, crazy, decision of my life, and the best choice I have ever made. I am being humbled to the bone and being stretched in every way imaginable. I have never before experienced such trial, such beauty. Never before have I seen so much affliction but been encompassed by such a still, peaceful hope. Faith is a warm light that floods this cold, sometimes stale world. The world needs this light! Life is beautiful, life is vibrant! S Mann and I frequently have companion study halfway in tears of gratitude, because guess what? IT IS TRUE! ALL OF IT! Every day, even the hard ones, we smile and laugh and proclaim to all of Tahiti from our bedroom window… it’s still true!!!
This world is nice, and fine, and can even be good, but without the gospel and the light of Christ, we always find our lives ridden with voids. People try to fill these voids with drugs, with success, with control, with business, with pride... but nothing can fill the void in our lives but one thing --- that is love. Knowing that God LOVES you, really! and that there is a plan for all of us. Knowing that someone loves you and understands you perfectly would solve 99 percent of the world’s problems. Knowing who YOU are, and that this someone is God, would solve 100 percent of them.
A well of compassion and understanding is growing in my heart as I work and learn and live and laugh and cry and pray with these people. I love them!!
This week I want you all to pray with all the energy of your heart. Seek to feel and find evidence of God’s love for you in your life. It is there, and it will take more than a lifetime to discover the grandeur of it all :)
As Sister Mann said once, a mission is like a roller coaster! A wonderful, crazy adventure that sometimes thrills you, sometimes makes you laugh, sometimes makes you want to throw up, but always leaves you happy and lively at the end :)
So, signing off! Another week of adventure awaits :)
Love love love,
P.S. Shout out to Heather, Victoria, and Chanel! Thank you SO MUCH for your sweet thoughtful letters! It does wonders to hear from such kind, supportive friends! I love you and LOVE reading your updates! Your lives are so lovely!!! :) :) You are in my prayers!